Do you want to start a baby boutique franchise but lack ideas? If YES, here are 20 best baby boutique franchise opportunities you can buy in USA for 2018.

Babies are beautiful, and equally beautiful are the profits that can be made from baby clothing and accessories. With parents today getting increasingly fashion conscious, they now ensure that their children are always fashionably arrayed, thus making this business a very profitable one. Again, thousands of babies are born into the United States every year thus helping in the expansion of this market.

If you want to start a business in the baby niche through acquiring a baby boutique franchise, here are a few you can consider in the United States. It should be noted that some of these baby boutique franchises retail gently used baby clothes for parents who are not able to get brand new clothing for their children, and these franchises are easier on the pocket than those that retail high end baby wears.

Top 10 Best Baby Boutique Franchises to Buy in USA for 2018

  1. USA Baby

USA Baby is a baby boutique that offers varied items for infant and child care as well as children’s furniture and accessories. It was founded in 1975 by Alan Levine on a small scale before it grew large and started franchising. USA Baby started franchising in 1986 and the chain can now be found in international locations. The privately held company is based in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial Investment – $370,900 to $688,700
  • Net-worth Requirement – $175,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement – $145,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $23,400 to $60,200
  • Ongoing Royalty Fee – 3%
  1. Once upon a Child

Taking note of how some parents are not financially stable enough to acquire high end clothing for their babies, Once Upon a Child came in to fill this gap. Once Upon A Child specializes in selling new and used children’s clothes, toys, furniture and equipment to parents who cannot afford them brand new.

Founded in 1984 in Columbus, Ohio, the company offered its first franchise in 1992. The company is owned by Winmark (formerly Grow Biz), which also franchises Music Go Round, Plato’s Closet, Style Encore and Play It Again Sports. Once Upon a Child is still seeking new franchise units throughout the United States and Canada.

Once Upon A Child offers a unique retail franchise opportunity in the children’s resale business as it focuses on the buying and selling of high-quality, new and gently used apparel, toys, baby equipment and furniture for children at affordable, family-friendly prices.

The company supports its franchises in various ways which include; provision of newsletter, trainings and conventions, toll-free line, grand opening support, online support, site selection, security/safety procedures, proprietary software, provides franchisee Intranet platform, marketing support, co-op advertising, Ad templates, regional advertising, social media support, SEO, website development etc.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial Investment – $254,100 to $390,500
  • Net-worth Requirement – $250,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement – $75,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Ongoing Royalty Fee – 5%
  1. Kid to Kid

This kiddie’s resale store was founded because the owners saw a need to further expand the children’s retail store business. It all started when Shauna Sloan and her husband Brent visited an upscale children’s resale store in 1992.

Brent who was then an attorney and a shopping center executive, was surprised by the second-hand store’s chic clientele. Convinced that no operator had fully maximized the potential of the resale concept, the Sloans set out to create a children’s resale format, traveling cross-country to visit stores and talk with customers, managers and owners.

After putting modalities in place, Shauna and Brent opened their store later in that same year in Sandy, Utah. They opened a second store within the year, with the first franchise location opening in 1994.

Kid to Kid offers its franchisees certain perks which include; 40 hours On-The-Job training, 88 hours classroom training, a toll-free line, a grand opening, online support, security, site selection, intranet platform, advertising and marketing support, social media support, SEO, etc.

Financial Requirements

  • Initial Investment – $258,160 to $448,660
  • Net-worth Requirement – $200,000
  • Liquid Cash Requirement – $75,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Ongoing Royalty Fee – 5%
  • Ad Royalty Fee – 0.5%
  • Veteran Incentives – $5,000 off franchise fee
  1. Childrens Orchard

Children’s Orchard is an upscale resale store that offers a new and fun shopping experience for both parents and children. Because children so often outgrow their clothes before they are hardly worn, the store enables customers to sell their items for cash On-the-Spot and buy new items for up to 70% off of original retail prices, and they guarantee the quality of all clothing items in their store.

Financial requirements

  • Initial investment
  • Low End Approximately   $159,000
  • High End Approximately  $321,000
  • They are broken down as follows;
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $15,000 to $20,000
  • Leasehold Improvements – $25,000 to $50,000
  • Fixtures and Supplies – $45,000 to $60,000
  • POS System – $13,000
  • Inventory – $30,000 to $45,000
  • Deposits and Business Licenses – $7,000 to $15,000
  • Signs – $6,000 to $10,000
  • Miscellaneous Pre-opening Expenses – $43,000 to $63,000
  • Additional Funds – 3 Months – $25,000 to $45,000
  1. Kids Closet

Kids Closet is a children’s consignment store that connects people who want to sell their outgrown gently-used children’s items – clothing, toys, strollers, furniture etc., with those who buy these items at huge savings. Sharon and Chris Smitka started this business with one small, independent children’s consignment sale held in a Kansas City suburb in 2004, but today, the business has grown into a nationally-franchised business with sales from coast-to-coast.

The Smitka’s each brought their respective skills to bear in the business and used them to nurture and grow Kid’s Closet Connection. Their basic business aim is always to create a certain camaraderie around their sales.

According to their website, their franchise fee of $6,000 is the lowest in the industry, and their franchisees would each receive support, training and instant friendships with other franchisees.

Financial requirements

  • Initial franchise fee – $6,000
  • Startup capital – $10,000 to $15,000
  1. Organically Hatched

With the whole world now going organic, baby products have also joined the fray and this is what gave rise to this business. Organically Hatched is healthy baby store that stocks the best selection in organic, natural, eco-friendly and safe baby products.

The business opened in February 2008 and has since stuck to their motto which is “bringing you the best in organic baby products”. Organically hatched offers over 3000 products and over approx. 155 different brands among which includes baby wears.

They are currently looking to open storefronts within the Lower Mainland and then the rest of BC, with the hopes to eventually open within Canada, and they are looking for candidates that understand their brand philosophy and what they stand for.

Financial requirements

  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Opening costs – $44,000 which include the following:
  • Lease payments (first and last month or lease deposit) – $5,000
  • Opening supplies inventory – $20,000
  • Advertising and Promotion – $2,500
  • Legal and Accounting – $1,500
  • Store fixtures, furniture, equipment, décor, signage – $10,000
  • Training Costs – $5,000
  • Computer/POS Terminal Package – $5,000
  • Estimated Franchise Capital Investment – $69,000
  1. Out of the Cot

Out of the Cot is baby boutique that offers high quality children’s furniture, gifts, toys and assorted products – all in one well displayed and decorated location. They as well provide complete bedroom solutions for tots and teens. Founded by Emma, Lyndel and Stefan Pic, Out of the Cot operates in the retail kids market yet competes across several niche markets within it.

Out of Cot franchisees would receive training, support, defined territory, office and administration assistance via manuals and equipment training, Out of the Cot speedy POS software and training, local area marketing guidance, staff recruitment and management (HR) via manuals, accounting and payroll assistance, supplier management – key lists of approved suppliers etc.

Financial requirements

  • Initial franchise fee – $30,000
  • Initial Training Fee – $5,000
  • Monthly service fee – 4% of gross weekly sales paid weekly
  • Marketing fee – 2% of gross weekly sales paid weekly
  1. Toys R Us and Babies R Us

Toys R Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. It operates more than 1,500 franchised stores in U.S. and 690 stores in 33 countries. They have a passion for play, a commitment to responsible business and a desire to meet and exceed customer expectations at every occasion. They offer a broad range of inspiring products that enable children of all ages to explore and develop their creativity while learning and having fun.

Their range spans everything from toys, trampolines and pools to children’s books, bed linen, role-play costumes and accessories. Babies R Us is a franchise that grew out of its parent company, Toys R Us. Babies R Us currently has more than 250 stores nationwide.

Financial requirements

  • Average initial startup cost – $430,800
  • Annual royalty fee that – 3%
  • Annual advertising fee – 2% of gross sales
  1. Kiddie Kobbler

Kiddie Kobbler is a shoe store that stocks shoes for tots, toddlers and teens. This is a family owned and operated business that has been running for over fifty years. The store features brand name footwear for all seasons plus dance and athletic footwear, accessories, and apparel too; and they have great service, wonderful selection of sizes and widths, with the highest quality. The first Kiddie Kobbler opened in 1946 and they started franchising in 1968.

Financial requirements

  • Initial Investment – $100,000 to $130,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $30,000
  1. Bellies to Babies

Founded in 2008, Bellies to Babies has grown each year and taken the local community by storm. They are retailers of maternity wears and baby clothing. They are looking for owners who want to grow with their brand, where they supply the know-how, technology, and operational expertise to run a successful franchise.

Financial requirements

  • Initial Investment – $67,975 to $195,525
  • Franchise Fee – $20,000
  • Liquid capital required – $50,000
  • Net worth required – $50,000
  • Royalty Fee  – 5% of gross revenues
  • Advertising Fee – Currently $150 per month
  1. Bellini franchise boutiques

Bellini furniture boutiques franchise is baby and teen furniture store. In addition to stylish, hardwood juvenile furniture, Bellini franchise boutiques also feature an extensive collection of made-to-order bedding, customized wall hangings, original artworks, lamps, strollers and high chairs, desks, desk accessories, trundle beds, shelves.

Financial requirements

  • Initial Investment – $139,500 to $278,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Term of Agreement – 10 years
  1. Panda Shoes

Panda shoes is a shoe store that specializes in children’s shoes. They stock the best selection for kids from all the best suppliers in the world.

Panda shoes provide complete training to franchisees and staff, including buying, selling, administration, merchandising, advertising, etc. Each month, the operating costs can include royalty fees, mortgage/rent, supplies for products, staffing, utilities, bookwork, stationary and other items.

Financial requirements

  • Initial Investment – $80,000 to $125,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Royalty Fee – 4%
  • Advertising Fee – 0.5%
  1. Club Tabby

Club Tabby is the place to go for kiddie girls’ boutique products, parties and makeover paraphernalia that will have any child feeling pampered and special. Club Tabby strives to deliver exceptional customer service, giving their customers the pampering that they deserve.

Their product lines and services represent the highest quality and value, while representing the most current styles and fashion. Club Tabby started its first store in 2007 and started franchising in 2009.

Financial requirements

  • Initial Investment – $169,600 to $317,000
  • Initial Franchise Fee – $25,000
  • Royalty Fee – 4%
  • Term of Agreement – 10 years
  1. Gap Inc.

The first Gap store was started by Donald Fisher and his wife Doris Fisher in 1969. They were mainly looking to attract the young generation of buyers who were looking to buy cheap, comfortable and durable clothes like jeans. Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Intermix brands.

Today, Gap Inc. has franchised businesses in over 40 countries with their principal business teams located in San Francisco, New York and London. Franchise applicants are expected to have significant business experience in the apparel retail sector, including, by way of example only, franchise business development, retail operations, merchandising, real estate, store operations and brand management. Gap, Inc is also a known retailer of baby and children’s wears. Their franchise information is available upon request.

  1. Platos Closet

Plato’s Closet stores buy and sell gently used brand-name apparel and accessories for children, teens and young adults. Customers have the opportunity to sell their used items to a Plato’s Closet store when they are outgrown and to purchase quality used clothing and accessories at prices lower than new merchandise.

With over 450 locations across North America and new stores opening each month, their impact continues to grow. The brand is rapidly expanding, but there are still untapped markets across the US and Canada ripe for a new franchisee to establish their own Plato’s Closet.

Financial requirements

  • Liquid capital required – $53,000
  • Net worth required – $200,000
  • Investment – $176,600 to $328,900
  • Franchise fee – $20,000

16. Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends is the leading pop-up consignment sales event franchise in North America. In this age of thrift, discount and bargain shopping are no longer stigmatized, and consumers are savvier than ever with their finances. Just Between Friends stock both used and unused baby clothes and gear, maternity items, and kids clothes in great condition, as well as children’s toys and games. People seeking bargains purchase the items, and the franchise owner makes a percentage of every item sold.

  • U.S. Franchises — $14,900 USD
  • Royalties are 3% of gross sales, less the sales tax
  • Estimated capital – $18,000 to $22,000